March and April Newsletter: Sustainable Development for, and from, the future

  10 April 2014
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Sustainable Development for, and from, the future

The fundamental question being considered by governments and stakeholders around the world is ´What should the world look like in 2030?´ The details of the visions differ between countries, constituencies and communities, but for many there is a common aspiration to end extreme poverty through sustainable development. If we are to achieve this universal aim we must consider how today´s best practice policies and strategies can be deployed in tandem with an ambitious post-2015 development framework.

By bringing together current government structures and policy instruments, the 2030 Sustaineo future scenario tells a compelling story of what is possible with tools and knowledge we already have available.

Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
In the year 2030, one country has translated today’s better-governance efforts into a successful political and administrative system. Together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Novel Futures, we invite you to time travel to that time and place and learn from its success in our new publication, “Sustaineo 2030: Today’s sustainable development visions, realised tomorrow.
Stakeholder Forum, along with 16 other global partners, has produced an analysis of stakeholder proposals for goals and targets in the e-Inventory, under the SDG Open Working Group’s (OWG) focus areas. It is hoped that this synthesis will be a useful resource for the OWG and other stakeholders to develop their goals and targets for Post-2015.
These ‘living documents’ set out the UN Major Groups’ visions and priorities – including themes, goals, targets and indicators – for the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda. They will be used as advocacy and reference tools throughout 2014, to be updated based on the Major Groups’ work, intergovernmental negotiations, and SD2015 activities. Supported by SD2015.
Online Resources
Stakeholder Forum, CIFAL Scotland, and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will commence a four-week online course open to all. The course aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to understand and engage with the process to create new universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the broader post-2015 development agenda.

Webinar on Goals & Targets – 16 April

UNDESA/DSD, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Beyond 2015, and Stakeholder Forum will host a 90mins webinar on Goals and Targets in the context of the OWG, on Wednesday 16 April at 10am EDT/4pm CEST. Stakeholder Forum will present stakeholder perspectives and proposals received through the “SDGs e-Inventory”.
Stakeholder Forum has relaunched the Sustainable Development 2015 website, providing the latest news, information and expert analysis around the global decision-making process to define a new set of global goals to eradicate poverty through sustainable development, known as the post-2015 development agenda.
Recent Activities
The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), together with the Finnish Government hosted a multi-stakeholder consultation on “Co-creating new Partnerships for Financing Sustainable Development”, that took place in Espoo, Finland 3-4 April. The participating CSOs raised a number of points during the consultation and also put forward a joint statement, presenting some common understandings amongst the 20 signatories.
Stakeholder Forum, as facilitators of the Global Network of National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSDs) and Similar Bodies is supporting SDplanNet, which is sponsored by GIZ on behalf of BMF, in the convening of a series of regional workshops in Latin America & the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa. The workshops will explore innovative sustainable development practices for transformative strategy-making, planning and implementation at the national and sub-national levels.
Meeting Summary on Future Stakeholder Engagement with UNEP

Stakeholder Forum participated in the first meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, from 24-28 March. One of the key topics discussed was UNEP’s future means of stakeholder engagement.
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